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Citizen Fire Academy starts up Jan. 5


NORTH VALLEY – Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a firefighter? Join the Daisy Mountain Fire Department’s Citizen Fire Academy and find out all about it.

The Academy will meet on eight consecutive Thursday nights, starting on Jan. 5. This class will allow you to experience firefighter training firsthand, and everyone can participate; class members can take a fully hands-on role or more of an observation role, if they prefer. Class participants will learn about Daisy Mountain Fire District, how calls are dispatched, visit a fire station, and tour firetrucks. During the course, class members will be trying out equipment, learning about connecting a fire hose to a hydrant and transporting and using the hose, and more. The class offers the opportunity to get certified in CPR and First Aid, plus participants will join in a drill, practicing what they’ve learned.

The Citizen Fire Academy is open to adults 18 and over. The cost for the Academy is $25 per person.

Last year’s Fire Academy participants called the class a great way to find out more about the community and to learn more about their local fire department. Participants represented a wide range of ages and diverse backgrounds, and they all enjoyed learning and working as an Academy team.

“We want to work through the whole experience with you so you get the most out of it,” Paul Schickel, one of the Fire Academy instructors, told class members during last year’s Academy.

Participants do as much as they are able and feel comfortable with, including suiting up in turnout gear and performing assigned roles during a drill. Crew members stay with class members at all times, to help out, offer guidance, and give a hand if equipment is hard to handle.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join the Citizen Fire Academy and find out what it takes to be a firefighter. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible by calling (623) 465-7400 or going online to